Man Arrested After Throwing Molotov Cocktail at Capitol Police Officers

Bernard L. McCutcheon has been arrested in Washington, DC after he threw a molotov cocktail at them while he was trying to light it. McCutcheon faces charges including assaulting a police officer, possession of a Molotov cocktail, and assault with a deadly weapon.

Two United States Capitol Police (USCP) officers were able to locate McCutcheon at about 3:30 p.m. after it was reported that he was in possession of Molotov cocktails on Massachusetts Avenue NW. McCutcheon was in very close proximity to Union Station, the U.S. Capitol building, Judiciary Square, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

After McCutcheon threw the Molotov cocktail, he tried to get away but failed. In the process of taking McCutcheon in custody, he dropped a tequila bottle. The USCP Hazardous Material Response team found that the liquid inside of the bottle was a petroleum-based accelerant.

A backpack that belonged to McCutcheon was recovered on the scene and had two other bottles of liquid which indicated that he was planning on causing a large amount of damage, handing out the bottles to others, or using the extra accelerant to further damage caused by the first Molotov cocktail.

After recent protests and calls to violence, there’s a greater reason to be on edge about explosives near major government buildings across the nation and especially in Washington, D.C.

Capitol Police also said they didn’t believe that McCutcheon was involved in any protests in the area

Capitol Police said, “Both of our officers were treated for minor injuries. Thankfully they are going to be ok. We appreciate their quick action that, without a doubt, kept the community safer.”

This is just another incident in Washington, D.C. that places fear in the public. According to Capitol News Service Maryland, “By April 19, 2021, all violent crime in Washington D.C. was at 961 cases. By April 19 of this year, violent crime had already surpassed that at 1,230 cases, an almost 28% increase.”